Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Islanders Thursday night in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center:
How it happened: Captain Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead with his 106th multi-goal game of his career, but the Islanders tied the score with 1:44 remaining when Frans Nielsen roofed a rebound over Braden Holtby. That sent the game into overtime and after Ovechkin rang one off the post, Justin Williams hammered a 45-footer off an Islanders’ stick and through a screen provided by Nicklas Backstrom to give the Caps the win.
What it means: The Caps are now 3-0-0 against the Islanders this season with a pair of one-goal wins. They’ve also won seven of their last eight games to move 21 points ahead of the Islanders in the Metro Division standings.
O-mazing: Ovechkin scored from two different spots on the ice. His first goal came off a beautiful pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov, who swung behind the right side of the net, spun around and threaded a pass through John Tavares to Ovechkin parked on the right post. Ovechkin’s second goal of the night and 37th of the season came when he blasted a Nicklas Backstrom power-play pass past the outstretched glove of Thomas Greiss. Ovechkin’s goal moved him three ahead of Patrick Kane in his pursuit of a fourth straight goal title.
Slow starts: The Caps have allowed the first goal of the game in seven of their last 10 games and it happened again when a long shift by the Caps’ fourth line resulted in an odd-man rush that ended with Tavares beating Holtby shortside.
Nice stat: Braden Holtby has not lost back-to-back starts all season and rebounded nicely from the four goals he surrendered in Dallas on Saturday night. Holtby turned aside 20 shots to improve his record to 36-6-3. He is now 12 wins away from matching Marty Brodeur’s NHL record of 48 wins.
Look ahead: The Caps are scheduled to practice at Kettler at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. They begin a four-game homestand on Saturday night against the Devils, who are battling with the Islanders for the third spot in the Metro standings. The Caps continue their homestand with games against the Coyotes on Monday, the Canadiens on Wednesday and the Wild on Friday.